This Week at South Highland

Newsletter for week of January 24 - January 31

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Join us this Sunday for our Annual Congregational Meeting at 9:30AM in the Davis Family Hall.

Sara Pottschmidt Lisherness, Director, Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), preaches in both Worship Services.

Her sermon title is "Neighbors."

The scriptures are Isaiah 58:6-12 and Matthew 22:34-40.

. 8:30AM - Worship in the Chapel

. 9:30AM - Congregational Meeting in the Davis Family Hall

11:00AM - Worship in the Sanctuary

12:00PM - Chili After Church in the Davis Family Hall

. 2:00PM - Sunday Club

. 5:00PM - Youth Group

. 6:00PM - Social Justice Book Club in the Parlor

FEED MY SHEEP - Bring your donations with you this Sunday, January 26.

CHILI AFTER CHURCH will be Sunday, January 26, immediately following the 11:00am worship service. Come and enjoy Beef and Bean Chili or White Chicken Chili with a garden salad and all the toppings. The cost is $7.00 per person or $25.00 per family. There will also be bake sale. If you can donate cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc, click here. This is a fundraiser for our youth.

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE BOOK CLUB will meet on Sunday, January 26, 2020, in the Parlor here at South Highland from 6:00 - 7:30pm. The first book for discussion is Just Mercy by Bryan Stephenson. We anticipate meeting quarterly, reading and discussing books related to issues of social justice. All are welcome!



5:30pm - Dinner in the Davis Family Hall

Menu: Chicken Pot Pie (Mesquite Grilled Chicken available), Salad Bar, Rolls, & Dessert

6:15pm - Valuable Lessons from Loss with Rev. Dr. Larry Michael in the Davis Family Hall


READ THROUGH THE BIBLE IN 2020 - Join Ministry Intern, Cort Gatliff and other members of the SHPC community as we read through the bible in 2020 following a reading plan created by Scottish Presbyterian minister Robert Murray M’Cheyne. We’ll read short selections from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Gospels each day. By the end of the year, you’ll have read the entire Bible—including the New Testament and Psalms twice! If you’d like to participate or have any questions, email Cort Gatliff.

RISE AGAINST HUNGER! Saturday, February 1, 2020, South Highland will participate in an inter-generational event from 9:30 to 11:30am with Rise Against Hunger in the Davis Family Hall. Our goal is to fill and package 10,000 meals using 50 SHPC volunteers and friends. We NEED you!!

2020-2021 SHPC COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS - It is time to apply for scholarships! SHPC offers scholarship help through the F.A. Mathes Scholarship Fund and the Helen Mohns Dunaway Seminary Scholarship Fund.

SAVE THE DATE ~ Inspirational Weekend Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9. Our guest speaker is Dr. Greg Anderson, Graduate School Chaplain, Wheaton College. Dr. Anderson has lived, studied, and pastored on three continents since graduating from Wheaton College in 1977. He earned his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, S.T.M. in Theology from Yale University, and Ph.D. in Communication Studies/Religious Studies from the University of Minnesota before pastoring churches in Ohio, South Dakota, London and Hong Kong.

INSPIRATIONAL WEEKEND! Our guest speaker is Dr. Greg Anderson, Graduate School Chaplain, Wheaton College. Dr. Anderson has lived, studied, and pastored on three continents since graduating from Wheaton College in 1977. He earned his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, S.T.M. in Theology from Yale University, and Ph.D. in Communication Studies/Religious Studies from the University of Minnesota before pastoring churches in Ohio, South Dakota, London and Hong Kong.

Friday, February 7 - Inspirational Young Adult Dinner at the home of Don & Kristy Miley, 3621 Cheshire Road at 6:30pm. Childcare is available by reservation at and will be at the home of Jeff & Cathie Bonner.

Saturday, February 8 - Inspirational Retreat. Our theme, “How C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity Can Change Your Life” is from 9:00am - 1:00pm in the Davis Family Hall. The cost is $15.00 per person which includes lunch and snacks.

Sunday February 9 - Inspirational Sunday. Join us as Dr. Greg Anderson preaches. His sermon title is “Porcupine Evangelism”. Join us in the Davis Family Hall at 9:30am as Dr. Anderson shares his thoughts on “Reflections on the Psalms - With help from C. S. Lewis”.

MERCEDES MARATHON HELP - Make plans to help us with the worship service and our water station on Sunday, February 16.

FLOWER GUILD WORKSHOP - All are welcome to join us on Saturday, February 22 from 9:00am - 12:00pm in the Davis Family Hall to have some “Fun With Flowers.” Join your SHPC Flower Guild for the hands-on workshop! The cost is $30 which includes handout, container to take home with the arrangement you’ve made, power point presentation, hands-on demonstrations, and light refreshments. Bring an apron and a pair of scissors (or flower snips if you have them). Deadline to sign up is Sunday, February 16. Sign up on the form in the bulletin or call Jan Stephens to sign up and with any questions 205-243-1806.


CONGRATULATIONS TO Grandparents Kathy & Jerry Tracey and Aunt Michele Tracey at the birth of their granddaughter and niece, Ettalyn Dorothy Tracey, on January 16. Proud parents are Fegan & Stephen Tracey and siblings, Meier, Elyssa and Rosamund.

HEARTFELT PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY are extended to Barbara Camp and the entire family at the death of her husband Wilkie Camp on January 23. Services to be determined.


2020 CHURCH MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY. The church office will be printing the 2020 church directory in February. Have you given up your land line, changed telephone numbers, changed mailing address, etc? If so, PLEASE send those changes to Brenda Keith at by Monday, February 10.

SUNDAY CLUB MEAL PROVIDERS NEEDED - If you or a group with which you are associated would like to help provide a meal to our Sunday Club folks, let us know! If you’d like to be a part of this ministry there is much need. I’m praying for a Co-leader in scheduling and seeking program providers. There is someone in this fellowship who has one or all of these gifts: administration, encouragement and helps. You are needed! I don’t intend to be the sole administrator of during 2020, but definitely want to stay involved and help train you, if you feel led to help in this ministry. Please prayerfully consider what you could do. Please text Genie Deason at 205-335-4068.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Can you spare 4 hours a day, once or twice a month? The church office is in need of smiling faces to help greet people coming into the church and answering the telephone. If you would like an opportunity to brighten someone’s day, please call Brenda Keith at 205-933-0790 or email at to volunteer.

SHOP or the South Highland Presbyterian Church’s Outreach Project is developing a faith-based mental health model for the Birmingham Faith community. We are currently outgrowing our space in the Builder’s classroom and recently approved a 3-year strategic plan to help meet our community’s needs. We meet every Tuesday from 9am - 12pm and would love to share our future with you through volunteering or leading a topic for the day with helpful information to our participants. If you are interested, please contact the church office.

WNL KITCHEN MINISTRY NEEDS YOUR HELP! Do you have a desire to step out of your comfort zone and volunteer for a cause, a group of people, for your faith or any other heartfelt reason? WNL Kitchen Ministry is a great place to start! We are in dire need of additional volunteers to join us. Two individuals are needed each Wednesday evening during the WNL season to help set up, serve and clean up during the Wednesday dinners in the Davis Family Hall. The time commitment for this ministry is minimal and the schedule is flexible. Explore your heart and see where the spirit may lead you. If you have any questions, please reach out to Barbara Hayslip (205-329-3330 or

SUNDAY MORNING NURSERY HELP NEEDED - We want to continue to give our paid workers some time off. If you can help out in the nursery, contact Elsa Holaday at (205) 903-8192

EVANGELISM TEAM - Are you aware that South Highland has an Evangelism Team? Its purpose is to equip ourselves to better share our faith by speaking the Good News of Jesus Christ; to develop and improve our relationships with God, with other members of our Church, and with people outside our Church; and to do a better job of making disciples of Christ. Interested? If so, speak to one of our pastors or Mark Stephens.

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFOThere have been several times at South Highland when the church has not been able to contact family or friends in an emergency or times of illness. Please fill out this form to provide emergency information for our database.


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